Recent Bad-Faith Decisions In 5 Significant States

Law360, New York (June 6, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT) -- Within the past year, courts in five states that perennially appear on lists of the most difficult states for insurers have published rulings that limit the scope of insurer bad faith: Florida, Alabama, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Washington.

Florida

In response to legal questions certified by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court confirmed that an excess judgment is not always a prerequisite to bringing a bad-faith claim. The court also made clear, however, that the damages claimed by the insured or its...
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